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Re: Waples Platter Company
Posted by: Ellen Reisman (ID *****1059) Date: June 08, 2005 at 00:19:22
In Reply to: Waples Platter Company by Cindi Fernandez of 144

Dear Cindy,

Mr. Andrew Fox Platter married one of Edward Bredelle Waples daughters, Fanny. The company had originally been more of a merchantile but as it grew, divisions were seperated out such as Quarles Lumber, etc. They eventually ended up with 11 divisions, 2 food manucatoring, Ranch Style and Great Western Foods, 1 whole sale food distribution, White Swan and a few others I don't remember the names of. My grandfather, Edward Waples Mckee, was the food chemist for years and developed Ranch Style Beans. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas with his younger brother, John Paul and his older sister, Helen. John Paul was killed in a freak accident his freshman year in college, leaving the family company to Haha to take care of. My cousins ended up being part of the company, through his sister, Helen's family, because there were too many girls on my side with my mother and 2 sisters. Anyway, trying not to sound bitter about it all, we were shut out.

The companies were eventually sold off because there wasn't anyone to who could or wanted to run them as the senior members of the family grew older. Other than some hard feelings about being a girl with a family company, the whole thing has been pretty fun. I remember Haha taking me down to the plant, in Fort Worth, TX to see it. He let me make an empty can on the big machine. Too cool for an 8 year old. My great grandmother, Helen, was born in Dennison and grew up there. They were a prominent family and appropriate suitors were hard to find. She married Lloyd McKee from Fort Worth and moved here to raise her family. The company eventually ended up here too. Lloyd died when my mother was 27 days old in Dec. of 1936. She later married J. W. Mitchell. Together with a few other people they ran the family company. Mama Helen, my great grandmother, was still on the board when I was in elementary school. She died when I was 17 in 1977.

Hope that helps clear things up a bit. Please feel free to email if you have any other questions or if you just what to reconnect with some of the family here in Texas. I lost alot of my Waples connections and some of the Platter lines have died out here but I am happy to share with all what I do know.

Ellen Minton Richey Reisman,
daughter of Lloyd Mckee Minton and G. V. Morton Minton,
grand daughter of Edward Waples McKee and Mathilde Bruce Werlein,
great grand daughter of Helen Waples Mckee Mitchell (only child that we are aware of) and Lloyd McKee,
great great grand daughter of John Graves Waples and Mae Richards, and
great great great grand daughter of Edward Bredelle Waples and Nancy Graves.

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